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Pharmacy technician

Pharmacy technicians are a vital part of the pharmacy team, working under the supervision of a pharmacist. 

They prepare medicines and other healthcare products and supply them to patients. They also take an active role in providing patients with guidance on taking medicines.

As a qualified technician you could be involved in areas such as:

  • medicines management 
  • manufacturing
  • aseptic dispensing
  • quality control
  • training and development
  • procurement
  • information technology
  • clinical trials
  • medicines information
  • supervision
  • management of staff.

The training consists of two years consecutive work-based experience under the direction of a pharmacist to whom the trainee is directly accountable for not less than 14 hours per week. 

To qualify as a pharmacy technician, you need to complete both a GPHC-approved competency-based qualification and a knowledge-based qualification.